Validity of the brief Zung's scale for screening major depressive episode among the general population from Bucaramanga, Colombia Validez de la escala breve de Zung para tamizaje del episodio depresivo mayor en la población general de Bucaramanga, Colombia
Luis Alfonso Díaz; Adalberto Campo; Germán Eduardo Rueda;
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Published: 01 May 2011 Journal: Biomédica: revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud (issn: 0120-4157, Copyright policy)
Introduction. Brief scales for identiying depressive disorder are as useful as long scales for screening. However, a validated scale with these characteristics is not avalaible in Colombia.<br />Objective. To design a brief Zung's self-rating depression scale in order to screen major depressive episodes among adults dwelling in the general community. <br />Materials and methods. After filling-out the 20-item Zung's self-rating depression scale, the ten items with the higher correlation with total score were selected. Construct and criterion validity were computed for these ten items.<br />Results. The ten chosen items showed an internal consist...